The 2013 School Performance Tables published today, by the Department for Education, confirm the impressive performance of Hampshire's 16 year olds in last summer's GCSE examinations.
In Hampshire 60% of students achieved five or more A*-C GCSE passes, including English and mathematics. Performance in both English and mathematics was strong this year with 68% and 72% respectively, achieving A* to C grades, an increase in both subjects from 2012. Additionally, 25% of Hampshire students also achieved the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), an improvement of 6% from 2012.
Results for disadvantaged students have also improved this year with 31% now achieving five A*-C GCSE passes, including English and mathematics, compared to 29% in 2012. With improvements for all students however, the gap in achievement between the most disadvantaged students and the whole cohort in Hampshire remains a focus for improvement. Many students also studied for a range of other qualifications including diplomas, BTECs and National Vocational Qualifications.
There is much to celebrate as many schools recorded outstanding results in 2013 but some schools will continue to need support over the coming year to make the necessary improvements.
Councillor Peter Edgar, Executive Member for Education at Hampshire County Council, said: "Hampshire's schools continue to strongly support our 16 year olds to achieve the highest standards and we appreciate the encouragement of parents and the work of teachers in helping these students to achieve. I wish these students continued success in their current study in further education, training or study for A' Levels or vocational skills and qualifications. Competition for jobs is high so enabling young people to obtain the best qualifications and develop the highest standard of skills that they can, will stand them in good stead. On behalf of the County Council, I wish them well in their endeavours."